It was a fitting end to Brad Smith’s career at Missouri. The senior quarterback accounted for 431 yards and four touchdowns as the Tigers rallied for a 38-31 win over South Carolina in the Independence Bowl.South Carolina jumped out to a 21-0 lead midway through the first quarter. Quarterback Blake Mitchell threw a pair of first-quarter touchdowns.Marcus King finally put Missouri on the board in the second quarter with a 99-yard interception return for a touchdown.After another South Carolina touchdown, Smith tossed a 5-yard touchdown pass to Chase Coffman, making the score 28-14 at halftime.The Tigers pulled to within seven on Smith’s 31-yard score late in the third quarter, then tied the game on a 4-yard TD run by Smith early in the fourth.Adam Crossett gave Missouri its first lead on a 50-yard field goal with 10:14 remaining. Six minutes later, Josh Brown tied the game at 31-31 with a 30 yarder.Smith put Mizzou ahead for good on a 1-yard touchdown run with 2:13 left in the game. Darnell Terrell sealed the win seconds later with an interception.Smith completed 21 of 37 passes for 282 yards. He also ran for 150 yards as Missouri won its first bowl game since beating West Virginia in the 1998 Insight.com Bowl. The Tigers and Gamecocks each finish the season at 7-5.
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Governor Matt Blunt is endorsing the recommendations of the Missouri Task Force on Eminent Domain, which was set up in response to anger over a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a Connecticut eminent domain case. Task Force recommendations include a call for legislation defining terms such as just compensation, blight, public use, and good faith negotiations. There is also a desire for laws prohibiting eminent domain use to take farm land for economic development purposes. The panel’s report will become legislation in the upcoming session of the General Assembly.
Related web sites:
Report of Task Force on Eminent Domain
The Missouri Tigers will make their fourth bowl appearance since 1983 on Friday as they take on South Carolina in the Independence Bowl. The Tigers will face South Carolina (7-4) for the second time ever. The only other game against the Gamecocks came in the 1979 Hall of Fame Bowl. MU won that game 24-14 despite 136 yards from Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers. South Carolina is coached by Steve Spurrier who is in his first season at South Carolina. In the 1966, MU beat Florida 20-18 in the Sugar Bowl—Spurrier was Florida’s quarterback in that game.
Below, Brad Smith comments on facing Spurrier and getting ready for the bowl game. Gary Pinkel also comments on the game.
The Missouri women’s basketball team won its ninth straight game with an 84-65 victory over Western Michigan on Thursday. Tiger senior LaToya Bond scored a Mizzou Arena record 34 points to lead MU to the win. 24 of those points came in the second half.
Things started slowly for the Tigers, who trailed the entire first half. Midway through the first half, WMU led 17-6. At the half, they trailed 34-28.
In the second half, MU slowly chipped away at the lead before turning on the after-burners. With 13:34 to go Christelle N’Garsanet hit a jumper that gave the Tigers a 42-41 advantage. They never trailed again. MU outscored WMU 56-31 over the last 20 minutes.
The Tigers are now 10-2, which is the third-best start in school history.
The St. Louis Blues lost to the Dallas Stars 3-0 on Thursday in Dallas. Bill Guerin got the Stars on the board in the first period with a goal at the 10:12 mark. The end of the first period proved to be the most exciting, but not for anything that happened while the clock was running. Four fights broke out over the last 4:29 of the period, which resulted in 40 minutes worth of penalties.
In the second period, Dallas scored power play goals in a 41 second span when Sergei Zubov and Jere Lehtinen beat Blues rookie goaltender Jason Bacashihua.
The Blues put just 17 shots on goal on Thursday.
This weekend could be a profitable, but challenging, weekend for bar and restaurant owners who sell alcohol. Revelers will be ringing in the New Year – many with drink in hand. Pete Lobdell, State Supervisor for Tobacco and Liquor Control, says servers must be aware some of those trying to get a drink will be too young or will have already had too much to drink. Lobdell says most of the time, most licensees are conscientious about who they serve. But Lobdell says just because he knows why it can happen, it doesn’t make it all right. He warns liquor license owners they face several consequences if they serve a minor or someone already drunk. Those consequences include revocation of their license, criminal charges, and a civil lawsuit.
The Department of Natural Resources has suspended the air-discharge permit of a Carthage turkey-waste processing plant for 60 days. That means the Renewable Environmental Solutions plant has to shut down. Governor Matt Blunt had ordered DNR to force a temporary shutdown of the plant because of the strong odors it produces when making oil out of leftover turkey parts from a neary processing plant. DNR Director Doyle Childers says the agency will keep working with the company to solve the problem, but the permit won’t be restored until RES has taken all necesary steps to eliminate the odors. The DNR action says the odors present a clear and present danger to the public welfare.
The five-year-old child who was still in a St. Louis hospital after a reservoir break in southeast Missouri two weeks ago, got to go home from the hospital on Thursday. Tanner Toops was released from Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital after suffering a near cardiac arrest and hypothermia. His father, Jerry Toops, was the Supervisor at Johnson Shut-Ins State Park when the family’s home was swept away by a billion gallons of water when the Tom Sauk Reservoir failed. Tanner, his mother, and two siblings – ages three and seven months – were also hurt in the accident. Interestingly enough, Jerry Toops had been promoted before the incident and was set to move to Lebanon this week.
The Missouri Life Science Research Board – set up to decide how best to spend money in the pursuit of advances in life sciences – has held its first meeting. The panel will determine how to spend about a quarter of the money from Missouri’s huge settlement with the tobacco companies, by approving or rejecting various research projects. Roger Mitchell, Dean Emeritus of the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Chairs the Board. He believes grants to the bio-tech industry will spur on life science research. The Board won’t be able to spend any money until the Legislature completes its work on the budget early in May, but the panel will be able to move forward with its funding proposals and entertain requests for funding by bio-tech and research interests.
Missouri St. opened its schedule in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 78-56 road loss to Creighton Wednesday night. The Bears, which hit 45 percent of their three pointers coming into the game, converted just 2-of-14 shots from behind the arc against the Bluejays. Scoring in general proved to be a struggle for the Bears on Wednesday, with just a 34.5 percent mark from the floor.
Despite their struggles, MSU trailed by just six points at the half, but the Bluejays poured it on over the final 20 minutes by outscoring the Bears 42-26. Four Creighton players scored in double-digits, with Johnny Mathies and Anthony Tolliver scoring 18 apiece. Tolliver is a graduate of Springfield Kickapoo High School.
Blake Ahearn had 13 to lead the Bears in the losing cause.
With the loss, Missouri St. dropped to 6-2, while Creighton improved to 7-2.